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Pipeline win for Ararat

WATER DELIVERY: From left, Member for Wannon Dan Tehan, Ararat district farmer Charlie de Fegely and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack at Mr de Fegely’s farm.

An Ararat municipal leader has joined a chorus in describing a $32-million Federal Government investment to help establish greater water security in the region as an economic game changer.

Push to protect platypus in Grampians

TESTING THE WATERS: Wildlife ecologist Josh Griffiths takes an eDNA sample of water in Mackenzie River in the Grampians as part of Wimmera Catchment Management Authority’s platypus surveys. Picture: LOTTE REITER

Our national parks are home to some of our most treasured cultural riches, and we must look after them.

Costa talks all things compost at Grampians Grape Escape

Prominent gardening personality Prominent gardening personality Costa Georgiadis has helped launch a series of community composting activities across western Victoria. The bearded ABC television presenter was a guest at a Grampians region launch of International Compost Awareness Week, ICAW, Australia. The launch was part of Grampians Grape Escape festival at Halls Gap at the weekend. […]

Work underway at Ararat ‘fusion’ park

Large feature rocks, ‘moon gates’, interactive play spaces and an area suited to wedding ceremonies – with plants fusing Chinese and Australian culture – are among features of an Alexandra Gardens Island design. Ararat Rural City Council released conceptual designs for the project, with excavation works scheduled to start this week. Council chief executive Tim […]

Boomerang Bags in Stawell

Stawell’s War on Waste Group is a step closer to reducing the use of single-use plastic bags with a Boomerang Bag distribution point launched today. The project, celebrated this morning at Newton’s Butchers in Main Street, is one of many the group is working on to reduce the use of plastic bags in the Wimmera […]

Eavesdropping on nature at Tchum Lake

Catchment monitors are confident recordings of ecological sounds at a Mallee lake will generate further insight into the impact of artificial watering of regional wetlands. World-renowned nature recording engineer Andrew Skeoch is documenting the sounds of nature at Tchum Lake near Birchip. He led a community ‘Eavesdrop on Nature’ event and barbecue at the lake […]

Wastewater issue resolve for Goroke

GWMWater will improve sanitation in Goroke by upgrading wastewater systems to collect effluent from the town’s septic tanks and grey water systems. Managing director Mark Williams said West Wimmera Shire Council approached GWMWater about the project after receiving feedback from Goroke residents about ongoing wastewater disposal issues. He said the council had identified improving Goroke […]

Groups vow to help protect Grampians rock art sites

LEARNING: Archaeologist Ben Gunn, far right, with members of Friends of Grampians Gariwerd who attended his talk on Aboriginal rock art at a site in Black Range State Park.Picture: COLIN MacGILLIVRAY

Rock climbers, archaeologists and other Grampians and Black Range parks users have acknowledged a need to work more closely with each other to protect Aboriginal rock art in the area.

Stawell leading the way in dark matter research

WORLD-LEADING RESEARCH: Minister for Education Dan Tehan with Stawell Mayor Kevin Erwin. MP Tehan announced three separate funds for Northern Grampians Shire, including $5-million for Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory. Picture: LOTTE REITER

Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory, SUPL, researchers hope to solve at least one big mystery by investigating the existence of dark matter after confirmation of $5-million in backing from the Federal Government.

Bureau provides Rainbow radar insights

Accurately tracking the real-time path of insects as well as rain, hail and smoke will be among capabilities of a new multi-million-dollar radar station near Rainbow. The new station between Jeparit and Rainbow will be able to pinpoint approaching particles in the air and provide critical information for everyone from farmers to emergency service personnel. […]

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